About the Book
Book: Framed in Death Valley
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational Suspense
Release date: March 1, 2021
Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, firefighter Beckett Duke gave up on everything—including his marriage to spirited Laney Holland. That is, until Laney’s life is threatened. Knowing the real killer is still at large, Beckett now has one purpose: protecting the woman he loves…and their unborn child. But sometimes an innocent man’s second chance comes with a deadly price.
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About the Author
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle.
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What’s up in Death Valley?
As the desert vistas opened up in front of Papa Bear and me, I felt an amazing sense of peace. Mind you, we were visiting Death Valley in the fall. No braving the 130 plus summer temperatures for this couple! I simply cannot describe to you the wonder I felt, as a suburbanite from a bustling, noisy Northern California city. There is never a moment at home when I see only open horizon, when I hear nothing but quiet breezes. I was, quite simply, stunned.
I had done some research about places to visit as potential series settings, and Death Valley was at the top of the list. The websites did not disappoint. Artist’s Palette, the gorgeous peak painted in a rainbow of rock colors? Check! Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, glistening with salt and not so lifeless as one might think…check! How about my favorite moment…jouncing along the precarious trail through Titus Canyon? Check! Would all of these incomparable locations be suitable for a six book suspense series? Roger that!
It’s ironic that I felt so welcomed by such an inhospitable locale. Visiting is one thing, but it takes a certain rugged breed of individuals to live in such a hostile climate. What fodder for fiction! I simply could not wait to get home and start creating the Duke family. And you know what? When this pandemic is over, Death Valley is the first place I want to return…in the fall, of course! Do you have a place near and dear to your heart? What’s first on your travel list after the world opens up again?
Interview with Dana
- What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Oh boy. Do I need to pick just one quirk? Well, I’d say the fact that I have learned strategies to cope with my attention span problem. I break up my day into mini goals (i.e., write for 1000 words, walk the dog. Write 1000 words, hop on the treadmill. Write 1000 words, check on the garden. That kind of thing. I espouse my father’s wisdom. He would always say, “You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.”)
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I was an elementary school teacher until just recently, so I haven’t had much time to spare! Now that I’m “retired” since March, I enjoy gardening, in spite of my black thumb! I am also always in search of the perfect recipe to feed my carnivores and vegetarians. (Tofu has not been a winner, thus far!)
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Did you know that reindeer ankles make clicking noises so they can find each other in heavy weather? That’s where the song lyric “Up on the housetop, click, click, click,” comes from. Nifty, huh?
- Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Aside from the obvious… take classes, join a writing group, etc., the best advice I could give is to read, read, read and read some more! Read all kinds of things from all kinds of writers! You’ll learn something from every piece you read, I promise!
- What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
Awww! Thanks for asking! I am writing lots of books for Love Inspired Suspense, of course! I also have a mystery series releasing from Poisoned Pen Press in May entitled Pint of No Return! It was a blast to create the fictional town of Upper Sprocket!
You can find me on Amazon , https://www.amazon.com/Dana-Mentink/e/B001JRXHXK/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 of course, and Book Bub, Goodreads, and all the usual places. If you want to join my private reader group for lots of gab and giveaways, you can find me at www.facebook.com/groups/danamentink/.
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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card, a set of six mini cactus candles, and a signed copy of the book!!
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